Volkswagen says it has started production of its new T-Roc Cabriolet at the Osnabrück plant in Germany.

The Wolfsburg-based firm says the facilities at the plant – where the Porsche Cayman is also built – were “extensively optimised” for the production of the VW brand's only convertible.

Revealed in August 2019, the T-Roc Cabriolet joins the standard SUV body style (which also includes the hotter R-badged variant) but ships in two-door guise. It measures 4 268 mm long and employs a wheelbase of 2 630 mm.

VW says the fully automated, electro-hydraulic soft-top opens in nine seconds at speeds up to 30 km/h, while claiming the interior is “quiet thanks to both the sophisticated design of the soft top” and the “specially developed” window and door seals.

“The vehicle was in large part developed in Osnabrück. Now it is being produced here too. It is a genuine child of the site. A site that in the process has been able to fully demonstrate its strengths,” said Andreas Tostmann, Volkswagen management board member for production.

“The team did a lot of work to bring the T-Roc Cabriolet here and are now finally reaping the reward for their efforts. Production, assembly and logistics have been extensively modernised for a high double-digit million euro amount and are of an excellent standard.”

Earlier in 2019, Volkswagen South Africa told CARmag.co.za while the standard T-Roc would be introduced locally in 2020, there were "no confirmed plans" to add the T-Roc Cabriolet to the SA range.